This month, a famous masterpiece by Jean-Honoré Fragonard has gone back on display at The Wallace Collection after undergoing conservation treatment. The work was carried out onsite by Martin Wyld, former Head of Conservation at the National Gallery. The Swing, dated 1767, underwent conservation and technical analysis over the summer of 2021, allowing experts to gain a clearer understanding of Fragonard as an artist. The piece will now be displayed for the first time with other works by Fragonard.
The conservation of The Swing has been an exciting process due to the mystery that surrounds the artwork. ‘We have approached the conservation of Fragonard’s masterpiece with great sensitivity and an acute awareness of our responsibility to the public to preserve this iconic painting. The results have been astonishing, and Fragonard’s true genius has been revealed. I urge you to visit, look at The Swing afresh and fall in love with Fragonard again’ says Director of The Wallace Collection, Dr Xavier Bray. The intricate work was made possible following a grant given by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.
The painting will be displayed next to the other seven works held by The Wallace Collection in the specially relit galleries from 2nd November. To celebrate the return of The Swing, The Wallace Collection will be hosting special events based on the artist and his work, including public talks, a book signing, and a film exploring the influence of Fragonard and the famous painting, as well as the conservation process.